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Welcome to The Critical Path--the home for community happenings and events on! This is where you'll find community news, updates, upcoming events, featured member posts and more. We'll also be showcasing hot topics in the project management arena and bringing you interviews with industry experts. The Critical Path is our primary way of getting news out to members, so be sure to check back for updates!

About this Blog


View Posts By:

Marjorie Anderson
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

Past Contributers:

Carrie Dunn
Danielle Ritter
Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio
Kristin Jones

Recent Posts

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Hybrid PM and Other News You Can Use

Categories: community news, events, news

Hello Project Superheroes!

This month we have brought you some pretty great information on hybrid project management. In case you missed it, here's what we've talked about so far:

Kevin Coleman shared his experience working on a hybrid project and gave some recommendations on how to move forward and prepare yourself should you ever find yourself assigned to one. Kevin states that "given the number of emerging technologies and the magnitude of their markets, now estimated at topping $19 trillion by 2020, hybrid projects are not just a possibility, they are a high probability." Read more regarding The Best of Both Worlds from his 2 May post.

Not sure what Hybrid PM really is? Andy Jordan sheds some light on the topic. In his most recent post, Andy shares some information that might help to cut away at some of the confusion and provide a bit more clarity. Hopefully the next time you hear the term 'hybrid PM," you'll have a better understanding if you didn't already. Read more about it here.

Since we're on the topic...

If you are, in some way, responsible for the operation of a PMO in your organization and you need help, the wait is over. Mark Price Perry, Andy Jordan, and Jesse Fewell are here to help! We're offering 6 more face-to-face sessions this year to help you build the hybrid PMO. You'll be given the opportunity to spend 2 days gaining valuable insight and talking to other professionals -- and our facilitators -- to find solutions to challenges you may be facing within your PMO. Our first workshop is in Chicago, followed by Seattle and Boston. Full workshop information and registration is listed here. Space is limited so sign up soon!

From the Project Management Central Discussion Board

One of our members needs your help! She wants to know if you can provide some examples of program management methodologies. If you can share some insight, hop into the discussion thread and give your feedback.

As always, we're here to help. if you have questions, want to submit content, or need help connecting with someone who might be able to help you with a question, let us know!


Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: May 17, 2016 08:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fresh Information to Refresh Your Knowledge!

Categories: community news, events, news

Spring has officially sprung here in the U.S. And with that, we want to give you some information to help you keep your skills fresh! Find out what's happening and learn about upcoming events!

  • 5 April 2016 - Join us right here on as we highlight what it means to give back in the project management profession. No matter your industry, you'll have the opportunity to see how your peers are making a difference in the world! Be on the lookout for more information on 5 April!
  • 28 April 2016 - Join us right here for PMXPO 2016! This is the 9th edition of's annual virtual conference that provides you with the opportunity to learn, network, earn more than 6 PDUs, and gain knowledge without leaving your home or office! And it's FREE! This year's keynote speaker is Robbie Bach, innovation expert and former Chief Xbox Officer so you won't want to miss out. Register today!
  • Are you a BA? Do you have an interest in business analysis? Have you visited the Business Analysis resource page on If you haven't taken a look, you're missing out on the latest in knowledge and resources that will keep you in the know. You can obtain Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, as well as information that will help sharpen your skills as a BA. Don't forget to also visit the Business Analysis/Requirements Management practice area here within the community for the latest in the profession.

We've got lots more in store for you, so make sure you keep your eye on this space for information on upcoming events and opportunities to enhance your knowledge. As always, if you have questions or need help, please reach out!


Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: March 29, 2016 09:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Are You New to the Community? We Can Help!

Categories: community news, news

If you are new to the community, it might be tough trying to figure out where to go next. How do I find the information I need? How do I connect with others? What do I do if I want to contribute an article? 

Fear not! We're here to help!

An easy way to get started is to contribute to the conversation in the Project Management Central discussion board. Find answers to common issues and share best practices with other practitioners within the community. While you're there, start connecting and networking with other community members! Seek assistance with a problem you might be facing or offer solutions to someone else!

If you are looking for specific information, make sure you visit the Practice page! Here you will find information specific to industries and disciplines within the profession that will help make your job easier. From Consulting to Requirements Management, you will find templates, articles, and subject matter experts that will help expand your project management knowledge.

Are you looking to contribute content? We'd love to hear from you! You can visit the Contribute Content page to learn how to submit a content proposal right from the site. Whether you wish to propose an article or a webinar program, a Community Engagement Specialist will be ready to help walk you through the process.

But before you get started, make sure to familiarize yourself with the community user guidelines that you can find at the bottom left of each page. This will help ensure that you have the best experience possible while you're here!

If you find that you still have questions, feel free to contact any of the Community Engagement Specialists listed above. We would be happy to hear from you!

Welcome to the community on!

*photo by Steven DePolo via Flickr

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 12, 2015 10:19 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Open House: BA All Day!

Categories: events, news, open house

Spread the word – is hosting an Open House all day long on 3 November!  Just come to the homepage at and you'll see information about the event and how to participate.

All day long we'll be sharing knowledge and networking on the topic of business analysis. Whether you are a business analyst, work with business analysts, or are just curious about how business analysis fits into the world of project management, you won’t want to miss out. The best part? It's FREE to attend!

What can you expect? Well, experts Richard Larson and Cheryl Lee will be conducting webinars to help boost your BA knowledge.  We’ll have giveaways, free downloads, informative articles, and more! While you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for the first ever (free) PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference that is on 4 November! You’ll have the opportunity to engage with industry experts while earning free PDUs.We hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 29, 2015 07:19 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

WAIT! You haven't registered for PMI® Global Congress - North America???

Categories: events, news

If you haven't registered for the PMI® Global Congress - North America that will be held in Orlando, Florida, we find this completely shocking! 

You will be missing out on the opportunity to network with thousands of project managers from all over the world and connect one-on-one with subject matter experts from the Community in the Solutions Center.

You can also participate in ongoing development before and after Congress with SeminarsWorld. Plus, it's at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in the most magical place on earth!

Still not convinced you should be there? See for yourself! Visit the PMI Global Congress homepage for additional information and to register today.

Hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: September 30, 2015 09:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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